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PoliticAverse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-06-11 11:36 PM
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Why is AOL still in business? Is it because people can't figure out how to cancel? n/t
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skoalyman Donating Member (751 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-06-11 11:36 PM
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1. that is a good question.I was fixing my neighbors desktop one day
(virus related crappy old pc)anyway she had cable internet and was still paying to use aol to get online.I asked her why didn't she get a browser to browse the net with instead of paying aol on top of cable lol I cant remember what she said but I thought it was a stupid waste.
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Lucinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-06-11 11:42 PM
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2. Yes!
:toast:
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LooseWilly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-06-11 11:48 PM
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3. Much as I hate them, they're actually creating an interesting news site now...
http://www.patch.com /

The paypal payments to reporters come from AOL LLC...

Just saying, sometimes top-heavy, asshat-managed corporations accidentally do something that doesn't suck. We'll see how long it lasts.

:+
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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-06-11 11:50 PM
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4. That crap is worse than a virus
My mom was going to remove it and she called AOL and they told her that if she removed it, her computer wouldn't work properly again.
Out of fear, my mom didn't touch it.
The next time I was at her house, I removed that crap and her computer worked fine.

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Edweird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-07-11 01:50 AM
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6. You know, the AOL software (not AIM) is a free VPN if you have a use for such a thing.
It's not all bad.
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Edweird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-07-11 01:32 AM
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5. I've got like 23524222414 email addreses. A few of them are @aol.com
They are free, so what's the problem? Anybody that's actually PAYING for it is clueless, but a free email account is a free email account.
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Capitalocracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-07-11 02:30 AM
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7. I'm just in love with that voice
You've got mail!
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Tunkamerica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-07-11 02:31 AM
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8. somebody posted here the other day that 75% of their income still comes
from people paying for "access" to the internet which they don't need.
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NYC Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-07-11 04:50 AM
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10. Saw that too. They pay for AOL *and* their cable/DSL service,
Edited on Mon Feb-07-11 04:52 AM by NYC Liberal
thinking they need to keep paying to keep their AOL email.

Having worked in a computer store, I know for a fact that a lot of people are just set in their ways and won't change even if there's a cheaper or more efficient way.
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cherokeeprogressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-07-11 02:53 AM
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9. I know plenty of people who've been AOL customers since Day 1.
I also know people who bought Yugo's, listen to hip-hop "artists" who use autotune, and thought Pet Rocks were the Go To gift in a pinch.

I put them all in the same category.
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LuvNewcastle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-07-11 05:20 AM
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11. That's part of it, but the main reason
people are still paying for AOL is that they fundamentally don't understand how the internet works. I bought my first computer back in the 90's and it came with a year's free subscription to AOL. I had no one to teach me about computers, so I had to learn everything by trial and error. I had to set the computer up several times before the thing would work. The AOL software, however, was easy to install and very user friendly, especially for a novice like myself. The software told me what to do and when to do it, so everything ran perfectly. When I switched internet providers, I didn't have a babysitter anymore and it was a long time before I figured out how to access the internet without AOL. I looked for a book back then to help me understand computers and the internet better, but I couldn't find anything that explained things to my satisfaction. I probably should write a book for people who know nothing about computers; I know exactly what they're going through.
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Frank Cannon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-07-11 06:16 AM
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12. I left AOL back in the mid-'90s, and it was like trying to leave the Village


I can't tell you how many phone calls and other shenanigans were made trying to get me to stay. I liked AOL (I was one of the first 50,000 or so customers), but needless to say, I was thankful to leave.
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PoliticAverse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-07-11 06:34 AM
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14. Be seeing you!... n/t
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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-07-11 06:24 AM
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13. AIM is a hugely successful program.
It's the original IM program and still very popular.
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RegieRocker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-07-11 06:37 AM
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15. The same underlying reason for most of the worlds problems.
Apathetic
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Warren Stupidity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-07-11 06:39 AM
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16. that and millions of people are still on dial up
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